YOUTH EMPOWERMENT PROJECT - YEP
YEP mentored 175 elementary students - YEP’s pioneered the first ever Rotaract at Muskegon High School!
13 of the 17 YEP graduates of 2018 are now in college -16 YEP’s participated in a tour of 4 colleges - 45 YEP’s were trained and employed last summer earning a total of $65,000 for 7,000 hrs of work. YEP’s were trained in Photo Voice, rehabbing homes, urban farming, lawn maintenance and camp leadership.
33 volunteers served 70 K-6 sstudents from Nelson Elementary School 35 hours a week
“Reading Buddies is a powerful program! Every child that worked with reading buddies this year made over their yearly growth. As a teacher it is so helpful to have other adults to sit and read one on one with my kids. There is just no substitute for that. We greatly appreciate our Reading Buddies!” -Muskegon Public School Elementary Teacher.
68 working wage families/individuals rented affordable homes or apartments and contributed to community life as neighbors.
1,482 households representing 4,770 neighbors experiencing evictions or homelessness received housing assessments and information to resolve their housing crisis - 559 neighbors experiencing homelessness or evictions were connected with a Housing Navigator to stabilize their housing crisis - $175,000 invested in short-term leasing assistance for to prevent or end homelessness.
13 neighbors transitioned from homelessness into supportive, affordable housing - 111 formerly homeless neighbors (including 45 children) continued to participate in ongoing services.
$110,000 invested in 21 homes across Muskegon and Muskegon Heights - That means new roofs, plumbing, windows, furnaces, water heaters, steps, flooring, and landscaping to help out seniors age in place.
MUSKEGON PRESCRIBES FOOD FOR HEALTH - MPFH
46 neighbors graduated from MPFH in 2018, investing 12 hours in food education classes, learning to cook with fresh produce from McGrows, helping patients achieve their medical, nutritional, and social goals.
MCLAUGHLIN GROWS URBAN FARM
Grew & distributed 7,000 lbs. of food -and developed a third farm site, ready for 2019 production. Employed & trained 6 high school youth farmers who mentored 600 younger youth at the farm - Engaged over 450 volunteers.
McGrows provided over 120 moments of opportunity for our community to interact with, learn about, and purchase fresh fruits and vegetables from the farm, including the Farmers Market, Senior Power of Produce markets, on-site farm stands, Community Supported Agriculture programming, and McLaughlin Grows “Food to Pantry” donations.
DOWNTOWN CHRISTMAS STORE
104 neighborhood families shopped for 283 children - 36 neighbors volunteered - Received $5,800 in gift and donations from YOU!
2,693 Neighbors visited Sacred Suds 9,795 times - “Broke bread” together over 3,865 lunches - Washed 4,054 loads of laundry - 1,494 showers - Completed 164 income tax returns (assisted by 2 rock-star volunteers, who brought back almost $140K into core city neighborhoods) - 166 neighbors volunteered over 4,600 hrs.
10 women from Muskegon County Jail served at Community enCompass to reduce their time and learn new skills (2 gained employment with Community enCompass after graduating!) - 400 volunteers from local and national faith-based organizations, contributed over 90,000 hours rehabbing and beautifying core-city neighborhoods!